Microsoft is all set to host its annual Build 2018 developer conference on May 7 in Seattle and the event is scheduled to start at 8:30AM PT (or 9:00PM IST). The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella and the operating systems head Joe Belfiore will kick off the event with a keynote, after which there will be plenty of technical talks and on-stage coding events in the following two keynotes. Nadella is also expected to announce the company’s goals for the next year and at the Build event, one can expect talks on Artificial Intelligence (AI), evolution of Windows 10, Windows Mixed Reality, Azure and more. One can register and watch the live stream of the keynote here.
At Microsoft’s Build conference, we can definitely expect more announcements regarding development on the Azure Cloud, Microsoft 365 and the Visual Studio IDE. The company’s Azure Cloud competes with Amazon Web Services and there could be announcements for new support for developer ecosystem.
Microsoft is expected to announce more on the AI front with development plans about the Windows ML, which is the company’s machine-learning platform that was introduced last month with the Windows 10 update. It allows developers to make use of pre-trained AI routines in their apps that run locally or over the Azure cloud and can also use hardware acceleration from GPUs. The company has been updating its services with AI as well, for example, its digital assistant Cortana and Translator app, both make use of AI. The company recently unveiled its new chatbot Xiaoice in China, which uses AI to interact like a natural speaker.
Microsoft recently rolled out the Windows 10 April update, which comes with a timeline feature. It allows users to keep track of their activity and allows them to resume where they left off even after several weeks. The company is expected to explain the feature in detail at the event and also provide details on the Windows 10 Lean operating system. It is expected that the much rumoured tabbed interface ‘Sets’ feature will also be showcased, which groups sites, apps, and has been available in the beta since last year.
Windows Mixed Reality headset
The company has another chance to convince developers for working with the Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets. Microsoft previously launched many MR headsets with manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, HP and more but they didn’t really take off and many of the headsets are now available at highly discounted prices as compared to when they were launched.